clipView: Help and User’s Guide

clipView is an easy-to-use video browser. With clipView you can easily skip view hundreds of videos using keyboard shortcuts to move backwards and forwards through the currently playing video or, jump to the next video quickly and easily.

Take shapshots (single frame images) of any video, create a list of favorites and more.

For Best Performance, close any other Video or Graphic intensive application like Quicktime or iTunes for example. If you notice Red flickering quit any other Video or Graphic intensive application while running clipView.

QuickStart: How to use clipView

READ THIS FIRST: To get the most out of clipView, try the following right away. Start clipView then while first video is playing, tap the “n” key on your keyboard. This will advance to the next video. After a second or two tap the “f” key to fast forward the video. Now tap “b” to move backwards in the video by approx: 30 seconds. Tap the 1,2 or 3 key to set the delay before clipView plays the next video in the list. The tap Command-K to see a list of short cuts. The shortcut window will close automatically after a few seconds. Tap the “t” key to take a snapshot. Select a folder, then tap “t” repeated to save more snapshots to the same folder. Tap Command-k to check out the other short cuts! Enjoy.

QuickStart: clipView


clipView gives you the ability to move through a collection of video clips quickly, by tapping keyboard shortcuts.

Main Window


This is the clipView Main window

Access Preferences using Command-, or from the Application Menu


The Randomize File List option (1) will Randomize the File List in the Main Window. This is the order in which Video files will be played. Randomizing the file position (2) will vary the position of the video play back.

Get Info


You can get additional file information by selecting a File in the File List and Choosing Get Info from the Tools Menu.

Selecting or Changing Video Folder


You can select or change the Video File list using the Change Folder Button

Starting the clipView Player


Start clipView by tapping the Start clipView Button, or selecting Start clipView from the File Menu. The first Video in the list will play immediately. The speed at which cllpView loads videos will depend on the speed of your computer.

Tap "n" key for next video


Tap the "n" key while the clipView player is the front most window to move to the next video. By default, the next video in the File List will automatically play in "30 Seconds"

You can Tap the "n" key in rapid succession, however, there may be a delay until the next file is playable because of the time required to load the video. The faster your computer, the faster the file will load.

Auto Switch


The next video in the List will automatically play after "30" seconds. This can be changed by tapping "1" for 10 Seconds, or "2" for 20 Seconds.

Use "b" for backwards and "f" for forwards


You can use the "b" key to move quickly backwards or "f" forwards through the currently playing video.

Display Keyboard shortcuts using Command-K


You can display the list of keyboard shortcuts using Command-K.

Navigation Shortcuts


Navigation Shortcuts allow you to move backwards and forwards quickly within the currently playing video. Tap "n" to view the next video in the list.

Timer Shortcuts


Timer shortcuts allow you to change the auto switch (move to next video) options. By default, the next video in the list will play in 30 Seconds.

Tap the "e" key to extend the play time for the currently playing video by 30 seconds.

You can disable the timer by tapping "d". This allows you to watch the currently playing movie to the end.

Tap the "v" key to re-enable the timer.

Video Shortcuts


Additional shortcuts are available to take snapshots, turn sound on/off, and create a list of favorites.

Tap "a" to create a list of favorites or load a list that has been previously created. To watch the videos in your favorites list tap "w". note: This will set your file list to favorites. To reset your file list back to normal, tap "k".

Finding a Video by Name


Tap the "z" key to find video by name.

This turns "Find Mode" On. Tap the "esc" key to turn find mode Off.

Find: Turning "find mode" on and off


The "z" key turns "Find Mode" On.

A [z] key in the Title of the Video will indicate that you are in "Find" Mode.

Tap the esc (escape key) to turn find mode off.

Finding a Video (cont)


Type the name of the Video you want to "Find" and then press "Return/Enter" key

If found, the Video will begin playing in the clipView player.

To find the next occurence press the "Return/Enter" key again.

To reset or turn "Find Mode" off – (turn find mode off) tap the "esc" (Escape key) or rapidly tap the "Return/Enter" until no more files are found.

File Locations


Files for clipView are stored in the ~/Library/Application/com.avenuemac.mtools.clipView

Favorites are also kept in this directory. To remove your favorites. Delete this file from the Finder.

Deleting Files (WARNING)


Always backup your files on a regular basis. clipView, it’s publisher, or developer is not liable or responsible for any file loss due to the use of this program.

Known Issue

To optimize performance, closing any other graphics intensive program, before launching clipView will minimize delay when loading video.


clipView leverages Perian on Mac OS if installed. You can download Perian from Perian enables Quicktime to open a variety of media file formats.

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